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Publication numberUS7664480 B2
Publication typeGrant
Application numberUS 11/388,870
Publication dateFeb 16, 2010
Filing dateMar 24, 2006
Priority dateMar 24, 2005
Fee statusPaid
Also published asCA2597438A1, CA2597438C, EP1864406A1, EP1864406A4, EP1864406B1, US8301107, US20060234742, US20090196228, WO2006101369A1
Publication number11388870, 388870, US 7664480 B2, US 7664480B2, US-B2-7664480, US7664480 B2, US7664480B2
InventorsYong-ho Kim, Jin Lee, Yong-Won Kwak
Original AssigneeLg Electronics Inc.
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Method of connecting to network in broadband wireless access system
US 7664480 B2
Abstract
The primitives between an upper management layer and the MAC layer within a mobile station and a base station are defined in order to specify and clarify the operations within the protocol stack layers in a broadband wireless access system to allow a mobile station to perform a method of connecting to the network. Media Independent Handover (MIH) procedures can be achieved because the NCMS and MIH layer can communicate through use of these primitives.
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1. A method of ranging for a broadband wireless access system, the method comprising:
receiving a first primitive comprising a type field indicating a location update, wherein the first primitive causes the location update to be performed via a transmission of a ranging request from a mobile station (MS) Network Control and Management System (NCMS) to a base station (BS);
transmitting the ranging request comprising ranging information to the BS to perform the location update, wherein the ranging information is related to the location update;
receiving a ranging response from the BS; and
transmitting a second primitive to the MS NCMS to provide a result of the ranging response, wherein the second primitive comprises a location update result, a paging controller ID and a paging information,
wherein the paging information is only included when the location update result indicates a successful location update, and wherein the paging information comprises a paging offset, a paging group ID and a paging period.
2. The method of claim 1, wherein the ranging information further comprises an initial ranging.
3. The method of claim 2, wherein the ranging information further comprises at least a handover (HO) ranging or a periodic ranging.
4. The method of claim 1, wherein the ranging request comprises network entry.
5. The method of claim 4, wherein the network entry is for entry to a metropolitan area network (MAN).
6. The method of claim 1, further comprising receiving the first primitive, transmitting the ranging request, receiving the ranging response, and sending the second primitive until ranging is successful.
7. The method of claim 1, wherein the ranging request comprises a CODE or a MAC ADDRESS.
8. A method of ranging for a broadband wireless access system, the method comprising:
receiving a ranging request message comprising ranging information from a mobile station (MS), wherein the ranging information is related to a location update;
sending a first primitive comprising a paging controller ID and indicating to a base station (BS) Network Control and Management System (NCMS) that a ranging request has been received;
receiving a second primitive to request transmission of a ranging response, wherein the second primitive comprises a location update result, paging controller ID, and paging information,
wherein the paging information is only included when the location update result indicates a successful location update, and wherein the paging information comprises a paging offset, a paging group ID and a paging period; and
transmitting the ranging response to the MS.
Description
CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION

Pursuant to 35 U.S.C. §119, this application claims the benefit of earlier filing date and right of priority to Korea Application No. 10-2005-24698, filed Mar. 24, 2005, and Korean Application No. 10-2005-24701, filed Mar. 24, 2005, the contents of which are hereby incorporated by reference herein in their entirety.

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to protocol signaling for network access in a broadband wireless access network, and more particularly, to a management method using primitives to allow a mobile station to connect with a network.

BACKGROUND ART

FIG. 1 depicts an example of a protocol stack architecture. FIG. 2 depicts a flow chart of an exemplary network access procedure during initialization of a mobile station in a broadband wireless access system.

As shown in FIG. 2, when power is initially turned on for a mobile station the downlink channels are searched, then uplink and downlink synchronization with respect to the base station is obtained (S21). The mobile station performs ranging with the base station to adjust uplink transmission parameters, and is allocated a basic management CID and a primary management CID from the base station (S22). Also, negotiation with the base station regarding basic functions is performed (S23). Additionally, authentication with respect to the mobile station is performed (S24), and through registration at the base station, the mobile station being managed by Internet protocol (IP) receives a secondary management CID being allocated from the base station (S25). Thereafter, an IP connection is set (S26), a current date and time are set (S27), a mobile station composition file is downloaded from a TFTP server (S28), and a connection with respect to a previously prepared service is set (S29).

FIG. 3 depicts a flow chart of an exemplary embodiment of a procedure for a mobile station to obtain downlink synchronization. FIG. 4 depicts a flow chart of an exemplary embodiment of a procedure for a mobile station to obtain uplink synchronization. FIGS. 5 and 6 depict flow charts of an exemplary embodiment of a procedure for performing ranging by the mobile station.

FIG. 7 depicts a flow chart of an exemplary embodiment of a procedure for negotiating basic functions performed by a mobile station with a base station. FIG. 8 depicts a flow chart of an exemplary embodiment of an SBC-RSC waiting procedure of a mobile station. FIG. 9 depicts a flow chart of an exemplary embodiment for a registration procedure of a mobile station. FIG. 10 depicts a flow chart of an exemplary embodiment of an REG-RSP waiting procedure of a mobile station.

In the related art, MAC management messages that are sent and received by the mobile station and the base station for network access are defined, but with respect to these messages, the actual operations in a protocol stack layer within the mobile station and the operations in a protocol stack layer within the base station are not defined. Accordingly, if there is a need to provide a separate management system in order to manage the mobile station or the base station, such cannot be achieved.

SUMMARY

One aspect of the present invention involves the recognition by the present inventors of the drawbacks in the related art as explained above. In order to address such problems, the present invention provides a method of defining the primitives between an upper management layer and the MAC layer in order to specify and clarify the operations within the protocol stack layers in a broadband wireless access system to allow a mobile station to perform a method of connecting to a network.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The accompanying drawings, which are included to provide a further understanding of the invention, are incorporated in and constitute a part of this application, illustrate embodiment(s) of the invention and together with the description serve to explain the principle of the invention. In the drawings:

FIG. 1 depicts an example of a protocol stack architecture.

FIG. 2 depicts a flow chart of an exemplary network access procedure during initialization of a mobile station in a broadband wireless access system.

FIG. 3 depicts a flow chart of an exemplary embodiment of a procedure for a mobile station to obtain downlink synchronization.

FIG. 4 depicts a flow chart of an exemplary embodiment of a procedure for a mobile station to obtain uplink synchronization.

FIG. 5 depicts a flow chart of an exemplary embodiment of a procedure for performing ranging by the mobile station.

FIG. 6 depicts a flow chart of an exemplary embodiment of a procedure for performing ranging by the mobile station.

FIG. 7 depicts a flow chart of an exemplary embodiment of a procedure for negotiating basic functions performed by a mobile station with a base station.

FIG. 8 depicts a flow chart of an exemplary embodiment of an SBC-RSC waiting procedure of a mobile station.

FIG. 9 depicts a flow chart of an exemplary embodiment for a registration procedure of a mobile station.

FIG. 10 depicts a flow chart of an exemplary embodiment of an REG-RSP waiting procedure of a mobile station.

FIG. 11 depicts an exemplary embodiment of a protocol architecture that considers media independent handover (MIH).

FIG. 12 depicts an exemplary embodiment showing the operation when cooperation with a remote entity is necessary.

FIG. 13 depicts an exemplary embodiment showing primitives being delivered only within local entities.

FIG. 14 depicts a flow chart of an exemplary embodiment of a ranging procedure for network access.

FIG. 15 depicts a flow chart of an exemplary embodiment for a registration procedure.

FIG. 16 depicts a flow chart of an exemplary embodiment for a basic function negotiation procedure.

FIG. 17 depicts a flow chart of an exemplary embodiment for an authentication and authorization procedure.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

The present invention is described as being implemented in a broadband wireless access system, such as a 802.16e network. However, the present invention may also be adapted and implemented in communication systems operating under other types of communication specifications (e.g., 802.16g, 802.21, 802.11u, etc.), because the concepts and teachings of the present invention could be applied to various communication schemes that operate in a similar manner based upon common techniques. Non-limiting exemplary embodiments of the present invention are explained below with reference to the attached Figures.

Also, certain aspects of the present invention will be described with respect to particular names for the entities, interfaces, primitives, messages, etc., but those skilled in the art will clearly understand that such names are non-limiting, as other names (label, terms, etc.) may also be used as long as their functions correspond with those taught by the present invention.

A feature of the present invention is to provide a method of connecting to a network in a broadband wireless access system, comprising: transmitting, by a mobile station MAC layer, a first primitive for ranging from the management entity; transmitting a CDMA code to the base station during a ranging region on the uplink; receiving a ranging response; transmitting a parameter included in the ranging response or a progress status to the management entity; transmitting a second parameter in order to receive parameters necessary for network access from the management entity; transmitting to the base station, a ranging request message that includes a mobile station MAC address; receiving a ranging response message that includes a management CID; and transmitting to the management entity, the information that was included in the ranging response message.

The above features and advantages will be better understood upon referring to the attached Figures and their related detailed description as follows. Some embodiments of the present invention will be explained in more detail with reference to the attached Figures.

FIG. 11 depicts an exemplary embodiment of a protocol architecture that considers media independent handover (MIH).

The primitives proposed by the present invention are delivered, via a management service access point (M-SAP) and/or a control service access point (C-SAP), to a network control and management system (NCMS).

The M-SAP may be used to support system configuration functions, monitoring statistics functions, notifications/triggers functions, and the like. The C-SAP may be used to support handover functions (such as notification of a handover request from a mobile station), idle mode mobility management functions (such as entering idle mode), subscriber and session management functions (such as session establishment requests from the mobile station), radio resource management functions, and the like.

Although the SAPs may be divided in terms of their functions as above, the primitives proposed by the present invention can be delivered through one of two SAPs, or through both. Regarding an effect of the present invention, because the primitives are delivered to the necessary upper layer via the NCMS, the entity that performs management and/or control of the entire system (mobile station or base station) is also allowed to manage the MAC and PHY layers as well.

The entity that performs management according to the present invention may include any entity that interfaces with the NCMS. Examples may include any logical management entity or physical management entity that exists in an IP layer or in its upper layer within a device (e.g., mobile station, base station, etc.). The operation of the present invention may look as if the NCMS directly sends (delivers) the primitives, because communication is performed from the upper management entity, via the NCMS, to the Management SAP (M-SAP) or Control SAP (C-SAP).

The upper management entity used in the present invention can be located above a layer management entity within a protocol stack as shown in FIG. 1, and be divided into a physical or logical upper management entity that communicates through the NCMS or management SAP of a layer management entity. The upper management entity may exist within a particular protocol stack or may exist as a separate and independent system or stack, but will be conceptually referred to as an upper management entity.

FIG. 12 depicts an exemplary embodiment showing the operation when cooperation with a remote entity is necessary. FIG. 13 depicts an exemplary embodiment showing primitives being delivered only within local entities.

As shown in FIG. 12, when there is cooperation with a remote entity, a pair of primitives comprising a Request/Confirmation or comprising a Response/Indication are delivered.

As shown in FIG. 13, when operations occur within a local stack, there may be two situations: mutual exchanges between the management entity and the NCMS (i.e., a bi-directional operation) or a uni-directional operation. For bi-directional operation, the delivery from the management entity through the M-SAP/C-SAP to the NCMS is called a Request, and its response that is transmitted is called an Indication. For unidirectional operation, the delivery from the management entity through the M-SAP/C-SAP to the NCMS is called a Request, and a uni-directional delivery in the opposite direction is called an Indication.

The primitives according to the present invention may be used for a multi-mode mobile station in which a management entity instructs a corresponding mode or when the corresponding mode delivers information to the entity that manages all the multi-modes. In such case, the following two situations can exist.

First, when the primitives are delivered from the MIH layer or MIH function to a lower layer, the MIH (layer or function) may interpret the information (e.g., commands, etc.) received from an upper layer when delivering the corresponding primitive or the upper layer information (command) may be mapped with the commands of the present invention and transmitted.

Second, when the primitives are delivered from the lower layer to the MIH layer or MIH function, the MIH (layer or function) may interpret the primitive received from the lower layer when transmitting the corresponding primitive (i.e., a unified primitive defined at the MIH) to be delivered to the upper layer or the primitive of the lower layer and the primitive to be sent to the upper layer may be simply mapped and then transmitted.

When used in Media Independent Handover (MIH), the primitives defined by the present invention may be delivered through the SAP between the NCMS and the MIH or the SAP between the management entity and the MIH such that MIH techniques can be achieved.

Hereafter, some examples of the primitives proposed by the present invention are explained. Only some parameters of the primitives explained herein are provided merely as non-limiting examples. If the contents of the parameters delivered to the MAC need to be delivered to the management entity, additional parameters not specified in this description may also be included. The contents of the parameters that are delivered to the MAC, as well as other necessary parameters, may be delivered in TLV (Type-Length-Value) format.

1. M_Ranging.request

(1) Function

This primitive has the function of requesting ranging to be performed. The management entity uses this primitive to request that ranging be performed.

(2) Semantics

M_Ranging.request (
Source,
Destination,
   Ranging Type
   )

TABLE 1
Valid
Name Type Range Description
Source Start point of Request
Destination Target point to which
Request is delivered
Ranging Type Enumeration Initial Types of Ranging
Handoff
Location
Update
Periodic

(3) Time of Formation

The upper entity forms this primitive for initial network access, after handover is performed, for a mobile station in idle mode to perform location update, for attempting network access from idle mode, or when periodic ranging is necessary.

(4) Effect when Received

Upon receiving this primitive, the necessary corresponding TLV (Type-Length-Value) according to the Ranging Type is included and a RNG-REQ MAC management message or a ranging CDMA code is transmitted via the air interface to performing ranging.

2. M_Ranging.indication

(1) Function

This primitive informs the upper management entity that a particular mobile station has requested ranging via reception of a MAC management message.

(2) Semantics

M_Ranging.indication (
Source,
Destinaiton,
MS Address,
CDMA Code,
MAC Version,
Required Downlink Burst Profile,
Serving BS ID,
Target BS ID,
HO Indication,
Location Update Request,
Paging Controller ID
     )

TABLE 2
Valid
Name Type Range Description
Source Start point of Indication
Destination Target point to which Indication is
delivered
MAC Address MAC Any valid individual MAC address of MS that requested
Address MAC address ranging
CDMA Code CDMA Code value that MS
transmitted for Ranging
MAC Version Enumeration IEEE Std 802.16-2001 Version of MAC the MS supports
IEEE Std 802.16c-2002
and its predecessors
IEEE Std 802.16a-2003
and its predecessors
IEEE Std 802.16-2004
Required Downlink DIUC value of requested Downlink
Burst Profile Burst Profile
Serving BS ID When performing HO or Location
update in Idle mode or Network entry
from Idle mode, the ID of Serving BS
when Ranging is performed at Target
BS
Target BS ID When performing HO or Location
update in Idle mode or Network entry
from Idle mode, the ID of Target BS
when Ranging is performed at Target
BS
HO Indication Indicator to inform that ranging is
being performed by MS while
performing handover
Location Indicator to inform that ranging is for
Update Request Idle mode Location Update
performed by MS
Paging ID of Paging Controller that manages
Controller ID Idle mode Location Update or
Network Entry

(3) Time of Formation

Formed when the MAC layer receives a RNG-REQ, a MAC management message or a Ranging Code via the air interface.

(4) Effect when Received

The received ranging request is analyzed and a M_ranging.response used to reply to the ranging is formed.

3. M_Ranging.response

(1) Function

A function to inform about a result of ranging request.

(2) Semantics

M_Ranging.response (
Source,
Destination,
MS Address,
Result Code,
Management CIDs,
Resource Retain Flag,
HO Process Optimization,
Location Update Response,
Paging Information,
Paging Controller ID,
Next Periodic Ranging
)

TABLE 3
Valid
Name Type Range Description
Source Start point of Indication
Destination Target point to which Indication
is delivered
MAC Address MAC Address Any valid individual MAC address of MS that
MAC address requested ranging
Result Code Enumeration Continue Result of processing ranging
Success request
Management Enumeration Basic CID If successful ranging request,
CIDs Primary Management CIDs allocated to
Management CID the MS
Resource Retain Informs whether MS
Flag information is maintained in
previous BS as a result of HO
HO Process Informs about procedures that
Optimization may be omitted upon network
entry after HO
Location Update Enumeration Failure Informs about location update
Response Success results of idle mode
Paging Parameter to inform about
Information Paging Period and Offset if
Location Update is successful,
and Paging Group ID
Paging ID of entity that manages Idle
Controller ID Mode
Next Periodic Frame offset the informs about
Ranging when next periodic ranging
occurs, if in sleep mode

(3) Time of Formation

Formed after receiving M_Ranging.indication at a time determined when its results are to be informed.

(4) Effect when Received

The MAC layer transmits, through the primitives, MAC management message and RNG-RSP that includes parameters received.

4. M_Ranging.confirmation

(1) Function

A primitive to inform a result contained in a response message of ranging to an upper management entity.

(2) Semantics

M_Ranging.confirmation (
Source,
Destination,
MS Address,
Result Code,
Management CIDs,
Resource Retain Flag,
HO Process Optimization,
Location Update Response,
Paging Information,
Paging Controller ID
Next Periodic Ranging
)

TABLE 4
Valid
Name Type Range Description
Source Start point of Confirmation
Destination Target point to which
Confirmation is delivered
MAC Address MAC Address Any valid individual MAC address of MS that
MAC address requested ranging
Result Code Enumeration Continue Result of processing ranging
Success request
Management Enumeration Basic CID If successful ranging
CIDs Primary request, Management CIDs
Management CID allocated to the MS
Resource Retain Informs whether MS
Flag information is maintained in
previous BS as a result of
HO
HO Process Informs about procedures
Optimization that may be omitted upon
network entry after HO
Location Update Enumeration Failure Informs about location
Response Success update results of idle mode
Paging Parameter to inform about
Information Paging Period and Offset if
Location Update is
successful, and Paging
Group ID
Paging ID of entity that manages
Controller ID Idle Mode
Next Periodic Frame offset the informs
Ranging about when next periodic
ranging occurs, if in sleep
mode

(3) Time of Formation

Formed when MAC layer receives RNG-RSP via the air interface.

(4) Effect when Received

The management entity receives a report about the results of performing ranging.

5. M_Registration.request

(1) Function

This primitive has the function of requesting registration. The management entity uses this primitive to request registration.

(2) Semantics

M_Registration.request (
Source,
Destination,
   IP Management Mode
IP Version,
Method of Allocating IP Address,
Previous IP Address
)

TABLE 5
Valid
Name Type Range Description
Source Start point of Request
Destination Target point to which
Request is delivered
IP Enumeration Unmanaged mode Whether MS should be
Management Managed mode managed by IP
IP Version Enumeration Version 4 Version of IP
Version 6
Method of Enumeration DHCP Method of setting IP
Allocating Mobile IPv4 address of MS
IP Address DHCPv6
IPv6 Stateless
Address
Autoconfiguration
Previous IP Address MS address that was
IP Address allocated from
previous BS

(3) Time of Formation

Formed to instruct the management entity to perform registration, when all pre-processing procedures for registration have been completed, among network access procedures.

(4) Effect when Received

Upon receiving the above command, the necessary corresponding TLV (Type-Length-Value) is added and a REG-REQ MAC management message is transmitted via the air interface.

6. M_Registration.indication

(1) Function

This primitive informs about the reception of a registration request made to the upper management entity through a MAC management message.

(2) Semantics

M_Registration.indication (
Source,
Destination,
   IP Management Mode
IP Version,
Method of Allocating IP Address,
Previous IP Address
)

TABLE 6
Valid
Name Type Range Description
Source Start point of Indication
Destination Target point to which
Indication is delivered
IP Enumeration Unmanaged mode Whether MS should be
Management Managed mode managed by IP
IP Version Enumeration Version 4 Version of IP
Version 6
Method of Enumeration DHCP Method of setting IP
Allocating Mobile IPv4 address of MS
IP Address DHCPv6
IPv6 Stateless
Address
Autoconfiguration
Previous IP IP Address MS address that was
Address allocated from
previous BS

(3) Time of Formation

Formed when MAC layer receives REG-REQ via the air interface.

(4) Effect when Received

The parameters if the received registration are analyzed, and an M_Registration.response is formed in response to the registration.

7. M_Registration.repsonse

(1) Function

This primitive has the function of informing a result of a Registration Request.

(2) Semantics

M_Registration.response (
Source,
Destination,
   IP Management Mode
IP Version,
Method of Allocating IP Address,
Skip Address Acquisition
)

TABLE 7
Valid
Name Type Range Description
Source Start point of Indication
Destination Target point to which
Indication is delivered
IP Enumeration Unmanaged mode Whether MS should be
Management Managed mode managed by IP
IP Version Enumeration Version 4 Version of IP
Version 6
Method of Enumeration DHCP Method of setting IP
Allocating Mobile IPv4 address of MS
IP Address DHCPv6
IPv6 Stateless
Address
Autoconfiguration
Skip Address Enumeration No IP address Whether MS needs to
Acquisition Change Re- re-establish
acquire IP address IP address

(3) Time of Formation

Formed after receiving M_Registration.indication at a time determined when its results are to be informed.

(4) Effect when Received

The MAC layer transmits, through the primitives, MAC management message and REG-RSP that includes parameters received.

8. M_Ranging.confirmation

(1) Function

This primitive informs the results contained in the response message of the registration sent to the upper management entity.

(2) Semantics

M_Registration.confirmation (
Source,
Destination,
IP management Mode
IP Version,
Method of Allocating IP Address,
Skip Address Acquisition
)

TABLE 8
Valid
Name Type Range Description
Source Start point of
Confirmation
Destination Target point to which
Confirmation is delivered
IP Enumeration Unmanaged mode Whether MS should be
Management Managed mode managed by IP
IP Version Enumeration Version 4 Version of IP
Version 6
Method of Enumeration DHCP Method of setting IP
Allocating Mobile IPv4 address of MS
IP Address DHCPv6
IPv6 Stateless
Address
Autoconfiguration
Skip Address Enumeration No IP Whether MS needs to
Acquisition address Change re-establish IP address
Re-acquire
IP address

(3) Time of Formation

Formed when MAC layer receives REG-RSP via the air interface.

(4) Effect when Received

The upper management entity receives a report about the results of performing registration.

9. M_Basic_Capability_Nego.request

(1) Function

A function of allowing the upper management entity to request the MAC layer to being procedures to negotiate with the base station, the basic capabilities of the mobile station.

(2) Semantics

M_Basic_Capability_Nego.request (
Source,
Destination,
   Authorization Policy Support
)

TABLE 9
Valid
Name Type Range Description
Source Start point
of Request
Destination Target point
to which
Request is
delivered
Authorization Enumeration X.509 digital certificates
Policy and the RSA public key
Support encryption algorithm EAP

(3) Time of Formation

Formed when the pre-processing procedures for negotiating mobile station basic capabilities with the base station, among the network access procedures, are completed.

(4) Effect when Received

Upon receiving this command, corresponding TLVs needed for negotiation are inserted and a SBC-REQ MAC management message is transmitted over the air interface.

10. M_Basic_Capability_Nego.indication

(1) Function

This primitive informs to an upper management entity that a request for basic capability negotiation of a mobile station has been received through a MAC management message.

(2) Semantics

M_Basic_Capability_Nego.indication  (
   Source,
   Destination,
      Parameters in SBC-REQ
   )

TABLE 10
Valid
Name Type Range Description
Source Start point of Indication
Destination Target point to which
Indication is delivered
Authorization Enumeration X.509 digital certificates
Policy and the RSA public key
Support encryption algorithm EAP
TLV The TLVs in SBC-REQ may
parameters be expressed

(3) Time of Formation

Formed when MAC layer receives SBC-REQ via the air interface.

(4) Effect when Received

The received parameters are analyzed and as a response thereto, an M_Basic_Capability_Nego.response containing available parameters is formed.

11. M_Basic_Capability_Nego.response

(1) Function

A function to inform about the capabilities that can be supported among the basic capabilities that the upper management entity received, namely, a function for informing the negotiation results.

(2) Semantics

 M_Basic_Capability_Nego.response (
  Source,
  Destination,
  Parameters   among   those   in   the
M_Basic_Capability_Nego.indication that can be supported
  )

TABLE 11
Valid
Name Type Range Description
Source Start point of Response
Destination Target point to which
Response is delivered
Authorization Enumeration X.509 digital certificates
Policy and the RSA public key
Support encryption algorithm EAP
TLV The TLVs in SBC-REQ may
parameters be expressed

(3) Time of Formation

Formed when the results of determining which basic capabilities the base station may support among those included in the M_Basic_Capability_Nego.indication that is received can be informed.

(4) Effect when Received

The MAC layer transmits an SBC-RSP (MAC message) that includes, in TLV format, the parameters received through this primitive.

12. M_Basic_Capability_Nego.confirmation

(1) Function

This primitive has the function to inform the upper management entity about the negotiation results of the basic capabilities known from the SBC-RSP.

(2) Semantics

M_Basic_Capability_Nego.confirmation (
 Source,
 Destination,
 Parameters contained in SBC-RSP
 )

TABLE 12
Valid
Name Type Range Description
Source Start point of
Confirmation
Destination Target point to which
Confirmation is delivered
Authorization Enumeration X.509 digital certificates
Policy and the RSA public key
Support encryption algorithm EAP
TLV parameters The TLVs in SBC-RSP
may be expressed

(3) Time of Formation

When MAC layer receives SBC-RSP via the air interface.

(4) Effect when Received

The upper management entity is reported the basic capability negotiation results.

13. M_Authenticate.request

(1) Function

A function to allow the mobile station to begin authentication procedures for network access.

(2) Semantics

M_Authenticate.request (
 Source,
 Destination,
PKM version,
Authenticate Protocol
 )

TABLE 13
Valid
Name Type Range Description
Source Start point of Request
Destination Target point to which
Request is delivered
PKM Version Enumeration Version 1
Version 2
Authenticate Enumeration RSA
Protocol EAP

(3) Time of Formation

When authentication of the base station is received to allow message transmission and reception, after receiving the basic radio setting procedures and CIDs for management.

(4) Effect when Received

A PKM-REQ MAC management message is transmitted over the air interface upon including the corresponding TLVs needed for authentication.

14. M_Authenticate.indication

(1) Function

This primitive informs the upper management entity that a mobile station authentication request had been received through a MAC management message. The termination point of this message can be the upper management entity or an authentication server via such entity.

(2) Semantics

M_Authenticate.indication (
 Source,
 Destination,
 Code
 PKM Identifier
MS certificate
 Security Capability
 SAID
)

TABLE 14
Valid
Name Type Range Description
Source Start point of Indication
Destination Target point to which
Indication is delivered
Code Enumeration SA Add
Auth Request
Auth Reply
Auth Reject
Key Request
Key Reply
Key Reject
Auth Invalid
TEK Invalid
Auth Info
EAP-transfer
EAP Establish-Key Request
EAP Establish-Key Reply
EAP Establish-Key Reject
EAP Establish-Key Confirm
Pre-Auth-Request
Pre-Auth-Reply
Pre-Auth-Reject
PKM Identifier Used to find corresponding
response of BS with respect
to MS request. MS
increases this value by “1”
for a 256 value cycle
whenever a “new” PKM
message is transmitted.
MS Certificate Includes the X.509 user
certificate of MS
Security Defines security association
Capabilities of requesting MS
SAID Primary SAID such as Basic
CID of MS

(3) Time of Formation

When MAC layer receives PKM-REQ via the air interface.

(4) Effect when Received

Forms M_Authenticate.response after performing necessary procedures upon analyzing parameter values of the received primitive.

15. M_Authenticate.response

(1) Function

To inform the base station processing results with respect to an authentication request, the upper management entity reports the processing results to the MAC layer, and this primitive allows this result to be transmitted to the mobile station.

(2) Semantics

M_Authenticate.response (
 Source,
 Destination,
Code
  PKM Identifier
 AUTH-Key
Key-Lifetime
Key-Sequence-Number
SA-Descriptors
 )

TABLE 15
Valid
Name Type Range Description
Source Start point of Response
Destination Target point to which
Response is delivered
Code Enumeration SA Add
Auth Request
Auth Reply
Auth Reject
Key Request
Key Reply
Key Reject
Auth Invalid
TEK Invalid
Auth Info
EAP-transfer
EAP Establish-Key Request
EAP Establish-Key Reply
EAP Establish-Key Reject
EAP Establish-Key Confirm
Pre-Auth-Request
Pre-Auth-Reply
Pre-Auth-Reject
PKM Identifier Used to find corresponding
response of BS with
respect to MS request. MS
increases this value by “1”
for a 256 value cycle
whenever a “new” PKM
message is transmitted.
AUTH-Key Authorization (AUTH) key,
encrypted with the target
client PSS's public key
Key-Lifetime AK's active lifetime
Key AK's sequence number
Sequence
Number
SA Descriptors Each compound
SA-Descriptor attribute
specifies a SAID and
additional properties of the
SA

(3) Time of Formation

Formed when the information about authentication should be given to the mobile station, after receiving the M_Authenticate.indication and its processing is complete.

(4) Effect when Received

the MAC layer transmits a MAC management message, PKM-RSP including the parameters received through the primitive.

16. M_Authenticate.confirmation

(1) Function

This primitive has the function of informing the results of authentication and the parameter to the upper management entity.

(2) Semantics

M_Authenticate.confirmation (
 Source,
 Destination,
  Code
   PKM Identifier
  AUTH-Key
Key-Lifetime
Key-Sequence-Number
SA-Descriptors
 )

TABLE 16
Valid
Name Type Range Description
Source Start point of Confirmation
Destination Target point to which
Confirmation is delivered
Code Enumeration SA Add
Auth Request
Auth Reply
Auth Reject
Key Request
Key Reply
Key Reject
Auth Invalid
TEK Invalid
Auth Info
EAP-transfer
EAP Establish-Key Request
EAP Establish-Key Reply
EAP Establish-Key Reject
EAP Establish-Key Confirm
Pre-Auth-Request
Pre-Auth-Reply
Pre-Auth-Reject
PKM Identifier Used to find corresponding
response of BS with respect
to MS request. MS increases
this value by “1” for a 256
value cycle whenever a
“new” PKM message is
transmitted.
AUTH-Key Authorization (AUTH) key,
encrypted with the target
client PSS's public key
Key-Lifetime AK's active lifetime
Key AK's sequence number
Sequence
Number
SA Descriptors Each compound
SA-Descriptor attribute
specifies a SAID and
additional properties of the
SA

(3) Time of Formation

Formed when MAC layer receives PKM-RSP via the air interface.

(4) Effect when Received

The upper management entity receives the reported authentication results and updates the parameters for operations related to later authentication. A key for communication may be additionally received.

FIG. 14 depicts a flow chart of an exemplary embodiment of a ranging procedure for network access. Referring to FIG. 14, the upper management entity transmits primitives to the MAC layer via the NCMS (Network Control and Management System) to allow the mobile station to perform ranging (S1401). Here, the upper management entity informs about the kind of ranging to be performed by means of a ranging type in the primitive to allow the mobile station to determine various factors, such as the TLV values it must include.

In this embodiment, the ranging refers to the initial ranging for network access in Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplex Access (OFDMA), whereby CDMA codes are transmitted in a competing (contending) manner in the ranging region of the uplink (S1402).

Upon receiving the ranging CDMA code, the base station MAC layer includes radio signal information and the like thereto and informs this to the upper management entity through a M_ranging.indication (S1403). In order to transmit an appropriate response to the received ranging request, the upper management entity includes the parameters necessary for the M_Ranging.response or the progress status and transmits to the MAC (S1404).

The parameter or ranging progress status received through the M_Ranging.response is included in a ranging response and transmitted (S1405). The parameter or progress status in the transmitted RNG-RSP is informed to the upper management entity through a M_Ranging.confirmation (S1406). If additional ranging procedures are needed, the upper management entity transmits a M_Ranging.request to the mobile station MAC to allow the mobile station to continue performing the ranging procedures (S1407).

In this embodiment, as an example of requiring additional operations such as setting radio parameters, the ranging CDMA code is transmitted again (S1408). Radio signal information and the like are included in the ranging code received by the mobile station and then informed to the upper management entity (S1409). The results of any ranging in progress are informed to the base station MAC (S1410). This result is included in the RNG-RSP and transmitted to the mobile station (S1411). The transmitted result is informed to the mobile station upper management entity (S1412).

To perform the remaining ranging procedures, the upper management entity performs another ranging request (S1413). Here, the mobile station is in a state that tuning of radio signals and the like have been completed and the mobile station MAC address is included and transmitted for reception of necessary parameters for network access.

A ranging request is performed with the mobile station MAC address included (S1414), and the parameters including the mobile station address that exist in the received ranging request are delivered to the upper management entity (S1415). A M_Ranging.response is transmitted to the MAC layer after a Management Connection ID is included such that the mobile station can complete the ranging procedures for network access (S1416). The parameters included in the received primitive are included in the RNG-RSP and transmitted to the mobile station via the air interface (S1417). The information transmitted to the MAC are delivered to the upper management entity (S1418).

FIG. 15 depicts a flow chart of an exemplary embodiment for a registration procedure. As shown in FIG. 15, the upper management entity transmits a primitive to the MAC layer such that the mobile station performs registration (S1501). Here, the upper management entity can set and deliver the parameters such that the mobile station can determine the TLV values and the like that need to be included.

Upon including the values transmitted from the upper management entity and including other parameters needed for registration, the REG-REQ is transmitted to the base station (S1502). Upon receiving the REG-REQ, the base station MAC layer informs the upper management entity about the parameters included therein through a M_Ranging.indication (S1503).

Parameters that have been negotiated or that can be supported for completing registration are included in the M_Registration.response and delivered to the base station MAC layer (S1504). The parameters delivered by and received from the upper management entity are included in a REG-RSP and transmitted over the air interface (S1505). The values of the REG-RSP received via the air interface are delivered to the upper management entity via an M_Registration.confirmation (S1506).

FIG. 16 depicts a flow chart of an exemplary embodiment for a basic function negotiation procedure. As shown in FIG. 16, the upper management entity transmits a primitive to the MAC layer such that the mobile station can perform basic capability negotiation (S1601). Here, the upper management entity can set and deliver the parameters such that the mobile station can determine the TLV values and the like that need to be included.

The values transmitted from the upper management layer or other parameters needed for registration are included into a SBC-REQ that is transmitted to the base station (S1602). Upon receiving the SBC-REQ, the base station MAC layer informs the parameters included therein to the upper management entity by means of an M_Basic_Capability_Nego.indication (S1603). Parameters that have been negotiated or that can be supported for completing registration are included in the M_Basic_Capability_Nego.response and delivered to the base station MAC layer (S1604).

The parameters delivered by and received from the upper management entity are included in a SBC-RSP and transmitted over the air interface (S1605). The values of the SBC-RSP received via the air interface are delivered to the upper management entity via an M_Basic_Capability_Nego.confirmation (S1607).

FIG. 17 depicts a flow chart of an exemplary embodiment for an authentication and authorization procedure. As shown in FIG. 17, the upper management entity transmits a primitive to the MAC layer such that the mobile station receives authentication (S1701). Here, upon including the values transmitted from the upper management entity and including other parameters needed for registration, the PKM-REQ is transmitted to the base station (S1702).

Upon receiving the PKM-REQ, the base station MAC layer informs the upper management entity about the parameters included therein through a M_Authenticate.indication (S1703).

To complete the authentication procedures, the results handled by the upper management entity or a network authentication entity are included in the M_Authenticate.response and delivered to the base station MAC layer (S1704). The parameters delivered by and received from the upper management entity are included in a PKM-RSP and transmitted over the air interface (S1705). The values of the PKM-RSP received via the air interface are delivered to the upper management entity via an M_Authenticate.confirmation (S1706).

To implement the various features described above, the present invention can employ various types of hardware and/or software components (modules). For example, different hardware modules may contain various circuits and components necessary to perform the steps of the above method of executing scanning in a broadband wireless access system. Also, different software modules (executed by processors and/or other hardware) may contain various codes and protocols necessary to perform the steps of the present invention method.

For ranging (viewpoint of MS MAC), the present invention provides a method of ranging for a broadband wireless access system, the method comprising: receiving, from a mobile station (MS) Network Control and Management System (NCMS), a first primitive that indicates a ranging request; transmitting a ranging request containing ranging information to a base station medium access control (MAC) layer; and receiving a ranging response from the base station MAC layer. The method may further comprise: sending, to the MS NCMS, a second primitive that indicates a result of the performed ranging. The ranging information includes an initial ranging. The ranging information further includes at least one of a handover (HO) ranging, location update ranging, and periodic ranging. The ranging request indicates network entry. The network entry is for entry to a 802.16 network. The above steps are repeated until ranging is successful. The ranging request includes a CODE or a MAC ADDRESS.

For ranging (viewpoint of BS MAC), the present invention provides a method of ranging for a broadband wireless access system, the method comprising: receiving, from a mobile station (MS) medium access control (MAC) layer, a ranging request message containing ranging information; and sending, to a base station (BS) Network Control and Management System (NCMS), a first primitive that indicates a ranging request has been received. The ranging information includes at least one of a CDMA code, MS MAC address, MAC version, requested downlink burst profile, serving BS ID, target BS ID, handover (HO) indication, location update request, and paging controller ID. The method may further comprise: receiving, from the BS NCMS, a second primitive that indicates a ranging has been performed; and transmitting, to the MS MAC, a ranging response. The ranging response contains information of the second primitive that includes at least one of Result Code, Management CIDs, resource retain flags, handover (HO) process optimization, location update response, paging information, paging controller ID, next periodic ranging.

For registration (viewpoint of MS), the present invention provides a method of registration for a broadband wireless access system, the method comprising: receiving, from a base station (BS), a registration response; and sending, to a Network Control and Management System (NCMS), a second primitive indicating registration confirmation. The second primitive comprises at least one of a method of allocation an IP address, IP version, and skip address acquisition. The method of allocation an IP address includes DHCP, mobile IPv4, DHCP v6, IPv6 stateless address autoconfiguration. The skip address acquisition includes at least one of no IP address change, and re-acquire IP address. The receiving procedure indicates that network entry has been completed. The method may further comprise: receiving, from a MS NCMS, a first primitive to request registration; and sending, to a BS MAC, a registration request message. The first primitive comprises at least one of IP version, method of allocation IP address, previous IP address. The method of allocating an IP address includes DHCP, mobile IPv4, DHCP v6, IPv6 stateless address autoconfiguration.

For registration (viewpoint of BS MAC), the present invention provides a method of registration for a broadband wireless access system, the method comprising: receiving, from a mobile station (MS) medium access control (MAC) layer, a registration request message; sending, to a base station (BS) Network Control and Management System (NCMS), a first primitive that indicates a registration indication; receiving, from the BS NCMS, a second primitive that indicates a registration response; and sending, to the MS MAC, a registration response message. The first primitive comprises at least one of IP version, method of allocation IP address, previous IP address. The method of allocating an IP address includes DHCP, mobile IPv4, DHCP v6, IPv6 stateless address autoconfiguration. The second primitive comprises at least one of a method of allocation an IP address, IP version, and skip address acquisition. The method of allocation an IP address includes DHCP, mobile IPv4, DHCP v6, IPv6 stateless address autoconfiguration. The skip address acquisition includes at least one of no IP address change, and re-acquire IP address.

For registration (viewpoint of MIH for MS), the present invention provides a method of registration for a broadband wireless access system, the method comprising: receiving, from a Network Control and Management System (NCMS), a second primitive that indicates a result of a performed registration in order to receive an indication that a link setup procedure has been completed, wherein the second primitive is sent and received via at least one of a management service access point (M-SAP) and a control service access point (C-SAP). The second primitive comprises at least one of a method of allocation an IP address, IP version, and skip address acquisition. The method of allocation an IP address includes DHCP, mobile IPv4, DHCP v6, IPv6 stateless address autoconfiguration. The skip address acquisition includes at least one of no IP address change, and re-acquire IP address. The method may further comprise, before the receiving step: sending, to a Network Control and Management System (NCMS), a first primitive that indicates a registration request, wherein the first primitive is sent and received via at least one of a management service access point (M-SAP) and a control service access point (C-SAP). The method may further comprise: establishing a unified interface to an upper layer of a mobile station for managing messages to and from at least one of a homogeneous network and a heterogeneous network.

As for the results of the present invention, when the mobile station performs scanning by using the primitives defined according to the present invention, accurate operations within the protocol stack layers can be achieved. Accordingly, Media Independent Handover (MIH) procedures can be achieved because the NCMS and MIH layer can communicate in a direct or indirect manner through use of the primitives.

This specification describes various illustrative embodiments of the present invention. The scope of the claims is intended to cover various modifications and equivalent arrangements of the illustrative embodiments disclosed in the specification. Therefore, the following claims should be accorded the reasonably broadest interpretation to cover modifications, equivalent structures, and features that are consistent with the spirit and scope of the invention disclosed herein.

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U.S. Classification455/343.2, 455/426.1, 709/226, 370/469, 370/335, 725/98, 455/513, 370/432, 370/331, 455/438, 375/149, 714/4.1, 370/342, 455/436, 703/13, 717/174
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